Sunday, 6 October 2013

Creative Cookie Exchange: Belgium Biscuits

My husband announced last night that he might GIVE UP SUGAR!!!!

Whilst I think there is some merit to this statement, I was horrified as I LOVE TO BAKE!  In fact, I have just decided to join the Creative Cookie Exchange run by Laura (The Spiced Life) and Rebecka (At Home with Rebecka) after my very good friend at Made with Love joined the group.

Each month an ingredient or theme will be selected and then we all have fun baking and sharing our creations.

This month's theme is Back to School

As the kids return to school tomorrow, after a two week holiday break, I thought a treat was needed and chose these
Belgium Biscuits!
 
 
These biscuits were a delicious treat and look fabulous. A combination of an extremely short spiced biscuit, sweet vanilla flavoured icing and strawberry jam. Definitely for the sweet-tooth.
 
I made them with Strawberry Jam and perhaps the tartness of the Raspberry Jam would have been better. However, my kids loved them!!!
 
INGREDIENTS
 
Biscuit
125g butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon cocoa
 
Icing
1 cup icing sugar sifted
1/4 teaspoon raspberry or vanilla essence
A few drops of pink food colouring
Water
 
Filling
1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam (approx.)
 
Pink Sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
A drop or two of pink food colouring
 
METHOD
1. Preheat the oven to 180c/350F.
2. Cream the softened butter and sugar in an electric mixer and light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and beat well.
4. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, mixed spice and cocoa.
5. Add to the butter mixture and combine to form a firm dough.
 
The dough will be very crumbly but will come together.
 
6. Roll out the dough on baking paper to 3mm thick.
7. Cut out 6.5cm circles and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
 
8. Re-roll any scraps. This may be a little harder to roll but can be used for the bases if not perfect.
9. Bake at 180c/350F for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
10. When cold ice half of the biscuits and sprinkle with the coloured sugar.
11. Spread the other half of the biscuits with jam and place an iced biscuit on top.
 
Icing
Sift the icing sugar and mix with flavouring of your choice and colouring. Add sufficient water to make a pink icing of spreading consistency.
 
Pink Sugar
Place the sugar and food colouring in a small ziplock bag.  Seal tightly and shake the sugar and rub through the colouring until an even colour is obtained.
 
Tip: It is a good idea to fill them with jam as you need them so the biscuit doesn't go soft.
 
Want to join in the Creative Cookie Exchange fun? Here’s how:

1. Write a blog post with recipe and original photo (please include some language here specific to that month’s theme). We would like the recipe to be one you’re making for the first time, and photos must be original.

2. Post the Cookie Exchange logo somewhere on your blog post so others can join in the fun:


3. Make a good faith effort to visit and comment on the other cookies in the Linky party. We all love cookies so that should be easy!

4. LIKE the Creative Cookie Exchange Facebook Page

5. FOLLOW the Creative Cookie Exchange Pinterest Board

6. LINK your blog post below using the Linky tool


 
 
 
 
 
 
 









12 comments:

  1. What pretty cookies! I wish I had these with a cup of tea right now! I am glad your kids enjoyed them too.

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    1. Thank you Holly, I just can't wait to try the fortune cookies. Your BundtaMonth is also a fabulous creation. You are very talented. I am hoping to join in the Bundt cooking also! Look forward to seeing many more of your creations and browsing you blog in a spare moment.

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  2. Those look just beautiful! I love the scalloped edges!

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    1. They really do have the wow factor. A bit time consuming to make but they're not an everyday biscuit, more a special occasion. Thanks for looking and commenting.

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  3. Those look amazing! I wish I could 'pop' over and try one right now.

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    1. Thank you Karen for looking and commenting.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely cookie recipe in the Creative Cookie Exchange! Your cookies look so delicious! We'll be announcing our next theme in just a few days. Please visit us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Creative-Cookie-Exchange-hosted-by-The-Spiced-Life-and-At-Home-with-Rebecka/148873331987243

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting on the cookies. They were lots of fun to create although a bit time consuming. I have enjoyed seeing what everyone else has baked and look forward to next months theme. Thank you for co-ordinating.

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  5. Your cookies are just beautiful. I know my family would be very happy with a plateful fo these to enjoy, and I can tell from the ingredient list that I would love the spice of these cookies.

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  6. Thank you Felice for your kind words. The spice in these biscuits is delicious. Quite similar to Speculaas. The flavor developed over the following few days!

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  7. What give up sugar, what a loss, I know your baking it's so good. Your cooks look great I bet they loved them.

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  8. Those biscuits look great. Good to see you here blogging. So many deserted blogs these day. Thanks for letting me visit.
    Susan
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